Reading is important.
Books are important.
Librarians are important. (Also, libraries are not child-care facilities, but sometimes feral children raise themselves among the stacks.)
Neil Gaiman (via duttonbooks)
I worked in a public library for a year and a half, and the feral children part is definitely true. I was also one of those kids when my mom worked in a library when i was a child.
Growing up, my mother worked across the street from our public library. Everyday my brother and I would go there to do our homework, read, watch filmstrips, and hang out with other kids.
I remember roaming the stacks, reading my first Stephen Kings books, learning to play chess, and D&D. Getting recommendations from my librarian opened my eyes and exposed me to thoughts and ideas that might have a hard time reaching the small town we lived in.
We climbed the stonework on the outside of the building and ruled a playground that might not be safe at today’s standards. I still have the scars to prove it. I learned how to get "free" cokes out of the machine. And, I think that’s where my interest in office supplies came from. I remember getting “Black Warrior” pencils from there when I needed one for homework.
In college, I would get distracted going to the library to study. Roaming the stacks at an older age, discovering ideas and authors.
I should mention that the place where my mother worked was a dog grooming salon/used bookstore. I know, an unusual combo, but it was always busy. This was pre-internet. So, it was really like I had two libraries growing up.
Libraries and Librarians are some of our most undervalued resources.